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Is 'Taken 2' better than the first? 15 sequels that topped the originals

Taken 2 certainly had a great second weekend, but is it good enough to join the ranks of sequels that prove that sometimes, the second time truly is the charm? From Frankenstein’s betrothed to the Caped Crusader of Gotham City, here are 15 motion pictures that definitely make the cut:  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Hobbit' -- plus our annual Comic-Con preview

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Nearly a decade after the last of the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters, it’s time to go back to Middle-earth. The Hobbit doesn’t come out until December, but in preparation for Comic-Con (July 12-15 in San Diego) we’ve got exclusive images and on-set scoops from the first of the two movies— An Unexpected Journey — including interviews with Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and director Peter Jackson.

To expand the classic J.R.R. Tolkien book so that it could support two feature films, Jackson drew from a range of Tolkien’s writings, adding characters not present in the Hobbit book, including Orlando Bloom’s elf Legolas and Cate Blachett’s elven ruler Galadriel. “In the movie we want these characters to have story lines and a little more substance than they do in the book,” Jackson explains. “Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in The Hobbit itself.”

Adds McKellen: “A lot of people weren’t even born when we were filming Lord of the Rings and only know the movies from watching them on DVD…. They’ll see Middle-earth on the big screen in The Hobbit, and I guarantee there will be a lot of minds blown wide apart.”

For even more on The Hobbit, as well as EW’s jam-packed guide to Comic-Con—including sneak peeks of Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, The Walking Dead, and Arrow—pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Tuesday, July 3.

E3 Snap Judgment: 'LEGO Batman 2' and 'LEGO Lord of the Rings'

The Games: In LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS, 3DS, and PS Vita), you can play as most of the major DC characters — Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc. — as well as the famed Dark Knight and his trusty Boy Wonder, Robin. The reason all hands are on deck: The Joker has teamed up with Lex Luther for a diabolical plan that involves both Batman and Superman. LEGO Lord of the Rings (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS) is much more straightforward: It’s Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but in LEGO. (Batman 2 is out summer 2012; LOTR’s release date is TBA.) READ FULL STORY

'Phantom Menace' will eclipse 'Dark Knight' grosses -- Is Top 10 quality going down like the 'Titanic'?

News broke today that Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, thanks to its recent 3-D re-release, is on track to surpass 2008’s The Dark Knight in box office grosses. This infusion of money will make Phantom Menace the 10th highest-grossing film of all time. Many would argue that Christopher Nolan’s twisty Batman Begins sequel is far superior to George Lucas’ uncontrollable exercise in CGI, and it got us thinking: Are the newest crop of movies to join the top 10 (six since Avatar kick-started a box office frenzy in 2009) demonstrably worse than their chart-mates? Well… yes and no. See the new top 10 list below. READ FULL STORY

LEGO announces deal to reimagine 'The Hobbit' universe

For years now, LEGO-playing fans of Tolkien’s universe have been forced to re-enact their favorite Middle-earth scenes with Han Solo, Dobby the House Elf and other franchise’s miniatures. But beginning next June, those days are history. Warner Bros Consumer Products has finally relented to bring all your favorite elves, hobbits, dwarves, wizards, and gollums to your precious LEGO universe. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two films based on The Hobbit, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “

A LEGO Lord of the Rings site has been set up, with the promise of upcoming announcements and details. For now, bask in the glow of your LEGO-ized precious. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory': Howard Wolowitz, grown-up? Plus, Wil Wheaton returns, and Data's with him!

For four seasons on The Big Bang Theory, Howard Wolowitz has rarely been much more than a charmingly skeezy horndog mama’s boy with a fetish for skin-tight day-glo trousers (and a cluelessly homoerotic relationship with his best friend Raj). Even during his courtship of and eventual engagement to the sweet Bernadette Rostenkowski (gesundheit), Howard’s changed his ways by mere microns. So it was startling and refreshing in equal measure to witness the man grow emotionally in this week’s episode by a full centimeter, possibly even two. And all it took was the promise of a trip to space! READ FULL STORY

From covering Lady Gaga to pimping out dormice: Everything you need to know about on tour British comic Bill Bailey

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Bill Bailey is one of the most popular comedians in the U.K. thanks to his appearances on shows such as Black Books, Spaced, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and his surreal, hilarious, stand-up routines. This month, Bailey is visiting these shores with dates in New York, Chicago and Boston. “There’s something for all tastes,” he says of his current show, Dandelion Mind. “There’s intellectual comedy. There’s observational stuff. Music. Lots of visuals. It’s a multi-media romp!” The tour will also be opportunity for audience members to see why Bailey is routinely mistaken for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “Oh yeah, that’s happened many times,” he admits with a chuckle. “You’re Lars!’ ‘No, I’m not.’ ‘Yes, you are!’ ‘No, I’m not.’ And then eventually you go, ‘Yeah, alright, f— it, I am. I’m Lars!’”

Here are five more things you need to know about Mr Bailey: READ FULL STORY

Watch Sean Bean die...21 times!!! (Warning: Contains 21 spoilers.)

Some actors are great at singing. Some are just super at dancing. But Sean Bean is awesome at dying.

As the Sean Bean Death Reel YouTube clip below demonstrates, there’s always a good chance the Brit actor is going to buy the farm. So sit back and “enjoy” the sight of the Beanster getting smothered, shot, impaled, blown up, torn apart by horses, beheaded, hung, bayoneted, and, most ignominiously, pushed off a cliff by cows.

Oh, the humanity!!!

What’s your favorite Bean demise? Or film in which he actually survives until the end credits (I’m assuming there must be some).

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Sean Bean cast as Snow White’s father in Julia Roberts fairy tale

'Lord of the Rings': Extended editions will screen in AMC Theaters in June. Which scenes STILL make you cry?

I have a sickness, PopWatchers. Yes, I’m a cat lady, but there’s more: I have watched every single second of both the regular DVD cut of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the extended edition DVD — and that includes all the special features. I am that obsessed with this franchise. Perhaps it’s because I harbored a weird, secret crush on Elijah Wood… in his hobbit form. (PopWatch is a no-judgment zone, people.) Or maybe it’s because, oh, I don’t know, the trilogy presented the best filmmaking the 2000s had to offer?!

So, imagine my joy upon learning that AMC is screening the extended editions of all three films this summer in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the extended editions of Lord of the Rings. READ FULL STORY

Thank you, Sir Ian McKellen, for saying 'Yes' to 'The Hobbit.' Thank you even more for telling us why.

Gandalf-the-GrayImage Credit: Pierre VinetWould I have been crestfallen if Ian McKellen had passed on playing Gandalf in the upcoming Hobbit films? Well, yes, actually. Certainly because his performance, especially in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was my favorite part of the entire trilogy, but also because his absence might have made his reflective and forthright blog posts about the subject unnecessary. Beginning his latest entry with “All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me,” he has the gift of writing in his own singular voice, as I can’t read his thoughts without hearing Sir Ian whispering them. READ FULL STORY

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